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Eve Bites Back

An Alternative History of English Literature
Eve Bites Back Cover

I’m the author of a number of biographies, some about people you’ll know (John Milton, Sir Walter Ralegh and William Shakespeare) and others about people you may not know -  yet. I’m really proud of my feisty, feminist and accessible accounts of female creatives, including my most influential book, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music (2016) and, more recently, Eve Bites Back: An Alternative History of English Literature.

A long-time Oxford resident, I've held various posts at the University including Director of the Creative Writing MSt, and remain a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College. But the truth is that, although Oxford is home, I'm a traveller at heart – whether on night trains, slow boats, on foot or inside a sturdy vehicle complete with roof tent. When I can, I grab my notebooks and laptop and get the words down while discovering new parts of the world.

Events shows what I am up to, but come back here soon to hear more out about an exciting new direction for my writing….

Photo: John Cairns

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Upcoming Events

  • 07 Jun 2024, 17:30 – 18:30
    Oxford, Mansfield Rd, Oxford OX1 3TF, UK
    In which the well-known author of Eve Bites Back challenges Milton’s view of ‘our first mother’. Using the work of Aemelia Lanyer, who wrote nearly 60 years before Milton, she explores what makes ‘adventrous Eve’ such an enticing and dangerous subject for women authors.

"Eve Bites Back isn’t pleading for justice for female writers, it’s indicting a system that has long ignored them and, to some extent, still does… Part polemic, part revisionist criticism, Eve Bites Back, as its title suggests, is sharp and aggressive, a book that will irritate, enlighten, persuade and provoke argument. It’s a work of correction, in every sense of the word."

Washington Post

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